Name: Oliver Dela Cruz & MORILLA
Location: Sydney, Australia
Style: Dance, Electro, RnB, Hip-Hop
Influences: Disclosure, Hayden James, Cosmo’s Midnight, LCD Soundsystem
Midnight Pool Party are a duo out of Sydney, Australia, who blend elements of dance, disco, R&B and hip-hop to create infectious electronic music that has been likened to a mix between Disclosure, Hayden James and Cosmo’s Midnight.
Midnight Pool Party started out with a “classic-disco” sound that quickly evolved into a more contemporary nu-disco/electro-house style. They continued to explore various genres within their songwriting while also experimenting with different vocal styles and techniques.
Without losing the true Midnight Pool Party essence, they continue to bring an infectious groove to everything they create using an assortment of lush-sounding synths, smooth thumping bass-lines, playful key-noodling and strong infectious vocal-hooks.
In 2017 they released their debut ep ‘Dalliance’ which received praise and attention from fans and music curators around the world – one of its tracks ‘With You’ was also placed in the STAN series “The Rook” which was a very exciting accomplishment for Oliver & Morilla.
Feeling inspired & motivated by all of this they began working on their next round of music which led them to their second ep MOTIONS, and it’s accompanying MOTIONS REMIXED ep featuring reworks from the likes of Dugong Jr, Anoraak, LEFTI, Charlie Crown and Bohkeh.
2020 was a year of exploration for Midnight Pool Party as they delved deeper into the process of trying out new ideas, styles, sounds and techniques, and they were really inspired by not feeling like they had to stay within any kind of boundaries.
The first example of this experimentation was a single called ‘Nonchalant’ which saw them drawing influence from the likes of Hayden James, Kaytranada and Disclosure, creating this unique blend of new age disco with heavy elements of pop, hip-hop and R&B.
They then closed out the year with BANG BANG which took their experimentation to a whole new level as they vibed-on artists such as Disclosure, Sofi Tukker and Duke Dumont to create this big future-house banger that also embraced some of their pop, hip-hop, rap and disco flavours.
In early 2021, Morilla & Oliver organised a little weekend trip away to work a on bunch of music ideas they’d been playing around with during isolation.
They came home from that weekend session with a tidy collection of exciting new songs and over the last few months they’ve given us a taste of those with CREAM, NO NAMES, POTENTIAL & TRUTH, and they’ve also made promise of a whole lot more new music coming our way in 2022!